Will I stop with the Wynonna Earp references? No. Is this my current emotion. YEP. I know I said I would write about my first day, but instead I’m going to write to you about my first week in Japan. It has been a roller coaster of emotions from the moment I got onto a plane and left Australia. Let me share with you something I like to call my ‘AAAAAHHHHH moments’ in Japan so far.
On my first day, I was felt disgusting because I just came off an eight-hour flight with a five-hour layover. Naturally, I asked if I can use the shower to freshen up and look more presentable. Luckily, the shower was easy to figure out so I had no troubles there. So when I came down, my host dad told me he had to go to an event and left me with a close family friend. She seemed very lovely, so I didn’t have any problems with this. However, I didn’t know she was a family friend, I thought she was my host mother. So I asked if I should call her ‘okasan’, which is mum in Japanese. They just laughed and explained to me who she was. I wanted to face palm myself.
It doesn’t end there though, once my host dad left, she asked me if I wanted something to eat for lunch. I said yes because who can deny food? She then prepared some instant ramen and placed it on the table for us to eat. I thought I would be fine if I just ate it how I would normally eat ramen in Australia. I WAS WRONG. She informed me of things that were important to do while eating in Japan like: keeping your left hand on the table during the meal, sitting up straight, slurping if eating noodles, and saying a phrase before and after eating. Years of being a weeboo nerd who loves Japanese culture and thinking I knew about manners in Japan… BOY WAS I WRONG.
We went to the shopping centre here and I had to use the bathroom again. I didn’t know how to flush it again and spent 10 minutes in the bathroom trying to figure it out.
I NEED TO FIND A GUIDE ON THE TOILETS HERE. EACH TOILET IS DIFFERENT AND HAS DIFFERENT BUTTONS.
I went to City Hall to sort out some visa and insurance stuff, needed to go to the bathroom again and got confused. I turned on the bidet and water came out. Worst part is I wasn’t sitting on the toilet when it turned on and water went everywhere.
TOILETS MY ENEMY HERE.
My first day of school in Japan was an experience… The day started off with me waking up late and taking 30 minutes to get into my uniform. I have to catch a bus to school and just my luck, it was snowing heavily that day. This meant, the bus was delayed for about 20-30 minutes. Coming from summer in Brisbane to winter in Toyama is a big difference.I was freezing and it was so cold that my boot got stuck in the snow.
Eventually the bus came and I was off to Kokusai Toyama, otherwise known as Toyama University of International Studies. It wasn’t too bad, since it was an international school and everyone can speak a good amount of English. But, like every student’s first day, you’re going to be scared shitless. So after my introduction speech to the class, we had PE. In Japan you have 2 uniforms, one for PE and one for every day use. I brought my PE uniform with me just in case and I thanked every star in the sky that I did. I was about to go into the bathroom to change, but then I saw everyone just getting changed in the classroom. I wanted to try to fit in as quickly as possible, so I just changed in the classroom with everyone else. Don’t worry though, my class is predominantly female, so the boys had to change in another room. My ‘AAAAAHHHHH moment’ didn’t come until we finished PE. After that class, we had to change back into our other uniform. Remember when I said it took me 30 minutes to get into my uniform that morning? These kids can do it in 2-3 minutes. For about 5 minutes, I was failing miserably to get a ribbon around my neck. Needless to say, I was the last one to get changed. After I thought I was done changing, someone pointed out that my ribbon was done up wrong. I tried to fix it, but in the end another girl had to help me. I needed to place my head on the desk after the whole fiasco.
I forgot my umbrella on the bus going home.
The group of girls asked me if I knew some Japanese and pointed to their eyes gesturing I say the Japanese word for it. Eye is め (pronounced m-eh), but instead of saying め I said みみ (pronounced m-ee, m-ee). They laughed because みみ in Japanese means ear. I laughed too but, I was embarrassed because I said it so confidently.
They weren’t mean about it though, afterwards they pointed out different parts of the body and taught me how to say it in Japanese.
So I forgot my belt in Australia and couldn’t wear certain pants because they were too loose.
I’m a mess. c:
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